Maori board’s web glitch

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - JAMES PASLEY

A Maori board’s web­site has al­ready been brought down twice in 2017, and no one knows why.

The In­de­pen­dent Maori Statu­tory Board (IMSB), which was formed by Auck­land Coun­cil in 2010 to pro­mote Maori is­sues in Auck­land, has a web­site fea­tur­ing in­for­ma­tion on eco­nomic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural and so­cial is­sues rel­e­vant to Maori.

The site has crashed twice so far this year.

IMSB spokes­woman Si­mone An­der­sen said it was aware of the prob­lem and was work­ing on fix­ing it.

‘‘I don’t know why it’s gone down, our de­vel­op­ers are sort of spec­u­lat­ing at the mo­ment,’’ An­der­sen said.

IMSB is ratepayer funded and re­ceived nearly $3 mil­lion in rev­enue from Auck­land Coun­cil in the year to June 30.

Auck­land Ratepay­ers’ Al­liance dis­cov­ered the web­site was sus­pended when it went look­ing for in­for­ma­tion.

Ratepay­ers’ Al­liance spokesper­son Jo Holmes said it wanted an­swers as to why the site was down.

‘‘Ratepay­ers should be able to ex­pect more, web­sites and data­bases should re­main on­line.’’

An­der­sen said it was prob­a­bly re­lated to the web­site be­ing up­dated to make it more in­ter­ac­tive, which might have made the web­site vul­ner­a­ble.

‘‘The board will be work­ing to make sure it has bet­ter se­cu­rity.’’

JAMES PASLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

The In­de­pen­dent Maori Statu­tory Board is un­sure why its web­site has gone down twice in 2017.

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